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Master of Arts in Theatre

The Master of Arts degree is one of only a handful of M.A. theatre programs in the U.S. that provides students with a broad view of the diverse components of theatre, including acting, directing, playwriting, scenography, dramaturgy, and technical theatre. 

Students enrolled in the program undergo a two-pronged course of study that combines scholarly and practical approaches to theatre and works toward a thesis defense in the second year.

The M.A. degree provides crucial tools for the developing theatre practitioner, performer, educator, or scholar.


MA in Theatre with Certificate in

Non-Profit Management

This program combines the scholarly, creative and practical curriculum of the M.A. in Theatre with a certificate designed to facilitate a career in the nonprofit sector.

In addition to the theater curriculum, you will take a course in Theatre Administration and three courses from Villanova’s Master of Public Administration program in nonprofit management:

  • Financial Management of Nonprofits
  • Effective Nonprofit Management
  • Nonprofit Fundraising

This unique combination of creative, practical theatre and nonprofit management expertise can position you for a sustainable career in the nonprofit sector.


Graduate Certificate in Practical Theatre

The department also offers a Graduate Certificate in Practical Theatre that gives a broad background in practical theatre to the student who may not wish to pursue the full M.A. degree but would like to acquire the skills, vocabulary, and methodology fundamental to the practice of theatre.

Practical Certificate students take five performance or production-related courses and participate in the theatre season.